May 6th, 2014, Mill Bay, BC (VIGolf.ca)- It was a wet weekend for the Arbutus Ridge Open as rain pelted the golf course all through out the tournament only letting up for a few short periods of time. The Arbutus Ridge Open also acted as the first Vancouver Island Professional Tour (VIPT) major of the year. The professional side consisted of 19 players while the amateur field was at full capacity.
Despite the rain, there were some decent scores posted over the weekend. Kevin Maxwell, the Director of Golf at the Olympic View Golf Club played well all weekend firing rounds of 68 and 67 which ultimately gave him a four shot victory over Kevin Black of Seven Hills.
“I found for me the key to playing well was to be aggressive in the right spots. In past years I have caught myself being too aggressive on the scoring holes and taking unnecessary risk. The course plays tough during the open and the scoring is not usually extremely low, making it more important to be patient. The biggest part of both of my rounds would be making birdie on the Par 4 12th. It is a tough hole and a big motivator before getting to 16, 17 and 18,” said Maxwell who recently picked up a sponsors exemption into the PGA Tour Canada PC Financial Open in Vancouver May 26th-June 1st.
Victoria’s Bryan Scott who was paired in the final group with Maxwell, played consistently all weekend, but didn’t quite have the scoring touch needed to win. “I had a hard time scoring all weekend, and despite hitting the ball well, I couldn’t convert my putts into birdies,” mentioned Scott who opted out of PGA Canada Q-School this year to focus on his game in a effort to play the tour full time next season. Rounding out the five on the professional side was Ben Griffin who fired rounds of 70 and 75 to claim 4th place at five over par, and Olympic View’s Matt Matheson who finshed 5th with rounds of 76 and 70.
On the Amateur side, it was Brock Holland of the Olympic View Golf Club winning the Arbutus Ridge Open for a second straight year with rounds of 68 and 70. “Day one I shot 68 with only hitting eight greens and making 24 putts, but the short game was on! Day two I hit almost double the amount of greens, and made three birdies and three bogeys. I Played well both days and had a lot of fun playing with Kevin Maxwell, Ben Griffin and Bryan Scott on Sunday in the final group,” said Holland who is also a very accomplish skateboarder, and Kung Fu Master.
Rounding out the top five Gross was former Arbutus Ridge Open winner Brent Wilson who fired rounds of 74 and 68 for a two day total of 142. Andrew Funk matched Wilson’s total of 142 to give me him tie for 2nd. Derek Reid who grew up playing at Arbutus Ridge, played to rounds of 73 and 70 for a 143 total, while Tristan Mandur rounded off the top five with a two day total of 144 and rounds of 70 and 74.